American Legion Post 186 in Greenville celebrated Valentines Day with a dinner and fine entertainment at post headquarters. The after dinner program was delightful with Carolyn and Bill Barnes and Jack Couch singing and playing guitars to familiar love songs that had the room joining in. Proving the veterans are still light on their feet the dance floor was open and quickly filled.
Babs Gordon, Suzanne Tigner, Miriam Holliday, and Anne Threadgill thoroughly enjoyed the meal, music, and Valentine skit that entertained the crowd at the legion. Couples told their favorite valentine story: Bill and Gail Coffee were in California and appeared on the Newlywed Game where they won the grand prize-a boat-but had to turn it down as they didn’t have the money to pay the taxes on it! Caroline and Bill Barnes met at Callaway Gardens as she was part of the FSU Flying Circus that came to perform in the summer. Honeymoons spent fishing and squeezed in during the war years highlighted the tales.
Middle Age court jesters (standing wearing caps) Toots Hobson and Jane Morrison wove a medieval tale about the Princess Regina “Pat” and her knightly guard Prince Henry and their love story which unfolded beginning when they met at the swimming pool at Roosevelt many an age long since. In truth it was a Valentine story of a 72 year old romance with the tale finishing with Pat and Henry Barnes being honored and crowned as the eldest sweethearts at the American Legion Ball.
What’s a party without a door prize or two? The American Legion Valentine Night ended with Linda Wilburn drawing the lucky number and winning the crystal cake stand and, shown here, Lelia Freeman winning the money tree that added up to $50 in bills.